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Pre-ChaNES: Into the Void

Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by Chandrasekhar, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. Chandrasekhar

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    Pre-Update Nine
    2146-2150 CE

    Sol

    The 22nd century approached its midpoint, and across human-controlled space, momentous events were happening that would shape the coming decades, for better or worse. Somewhat paradoxically, Sol itself was relatively tranquil. Turmoil in the distant colonies would spur the powers of Sol into action, but on Earth, all was peaceful.

    One of the notable events of this time period was an international conference on reversing the damage to Earth's ecology which had been inflicted in the previous centuries by humanity's industrialization and development. Representatives of all of Earth's powers attended the meeting in Sao Paulo, in the SolFed state of Brazil, in mid 2146.

    The People's Republic of China, surprisingly, was a significant appearance there, pointing out (quite truthfully) that some of the most ecologically blighted landscapes on Earth were inside Chinese territory, and China asked for international assistance. It was left unsaid that this ecological blight was a direct and completely foreseen result of China's unscrupulous environmental policies, lasting well into the 22nd century, but in another surprising move, China seemed sincere in its plea for aid, as far as it went. The PRC conceded to allow international observers to ensure that any funding received was put towards environmental restoration. By 2150, aid was already flowing to Chinese restoration projects, under the watchful eyes of SolFed and IntCom observers.

    Many states within the Solar Federation also saw an increased influx of aid and consulting, both from their federal government, and from the biologists of the Interstellar Commonwealth. The international cooperation sped and streamlined the efforts in these places, and additionally, much of the knowledge and experience gained from the terraforming projects throughout human-controlled space was applied to reviving these states' damaged ecologies. Several corporations with similar fields of study also contributed to the project, most notably Orion Industries. The project continues to be a source of cooperative spirit and goodwill among Earth's population as it gains momentum, though truly significant effects will take decades to develop.

    Another notable international development was the Interstellar Commonwealth's courting of the nations that had remained outisde the Solar Federation. These nations were former members of the Islamic Confederation, on which America and Russia had spearheaded the assault during World War III. The European Union had also participated in the war, but only after the leaders of the Islamic Confederation had threatened global nuclear terrorism, and now the Interstellar Commonwealth seeked to use that difference to attempt to induct these states into its own sphere of influence. The results were mixed - most of those nations flatly refused a global offer to join the Commonwealth, and the others were generally ambivalent at best. In 2149, Jordan joined the Interstellar Commonwealth, but the larger states that would make more valuable additions to the Europeans' power bloc remained elusive.

    The Solar Federation's operations in Sol continued much as before. Consolidation of the member states progressed steadily, and the buildup of military spacecraft continued despite growing concerns among the member states that the budget would be better spent on the less developed areas of the Federation. The Solar Federation also instated its Martian and Mercurian colonies as their own member states - the colonies on Venus and the gas giants were as yet too small to achieve this status, but plans were made to grant them statehood in the future as well. This measure had wide support across the Solar Federation, but elsewhere, citizens clamoring for independence were less content.

    Infinitas

    Discontent had been growing in the American colony of Infinitas over the past few years. After the independence of Bacchus, many American colonists began to believe that they should also be considered an independent state. Up to this point, that desire had mostly been tempered by the flow of subsidies from the United States and the prestige of being America's first and only colony.

    However, since the founding of the Solar Federation, much of America's colonial budget was being spent elsewhere in colonized space, and the xenophobic elements of Carmentan politics began to carry more weight. The sending of a colony ship to found a new colony in the newly discovered system of Liberty didn't help matters, either.

    As a result of this, two fateful events happened quite close together. First by a few months was the signing into law of explicit independence criteria for all colonies administrated by SolFed states in late 2146. Aside from basic human rights requirements and existing structure for self-governance, there was also the requirement that the colony's GDP reach two thirds of a percent of Earth's. This was the requirement that Carmenta had yet to meet, but it was projected that it would be met sometime within the next hundred years.

    Some of the Carmentan agitators for independence were satisfied by this, but to many of the more dedicated malcontents, it wasn't enough, and they continued with their course of action - in 2147, Carmentan rebels launched a coordinated attack on the local government. The signal to start the attack was the springing of a trap set for the SolFed frigate Relentless, in which it was lured into the range of a nuclear warhead of indeterminate origin by a mock pirate assault. The blast disabled most of the frigate's systems, opening it to an attack by a flight of improvised rebel corvettes.

    After the destruction of the Relentless, rebels attacked the American garrison all across Carmenta. However, public support of rebel action was greatly overestimated by the rebel leaders, mostly due to the recent guarantee of Carmenta's eventual independence by the Solar Federation itself. Most of the rebel attacks were quickly squashed by the local garrisons and the rebels imprisoned or killed in combat. However, a few of the smaller settlements were lightly defended enough, and had enough rebel sympathizers, that the local garrisons were wiped out and the towns used as bases for the rebel movement.

    The largest settlement under rebel control by far was the state capital of Jefferson, where the rebellion was centered. The majority of the city was pro-rebellion, and a wide radius around the city quickly came under rebel control. At that point, an equillibrium was reached. The American garrison forces were stretched thin and bruised by the planetwide attacks, rendering them unable to mount an assault without risking losing more territory to rebel attacks. On the other hand, the rebels had ended up with far less territory than they had anticipated, and a full planetary takeover now seemed impossible.

    The international reaction was mostly predictable. Europe, and by extension the Commonwealth, was careful not to take sides, only decrying the violence itself, rather than the motivations behind it. Opinion among the people of the Commonwealth themselves was somewhat split - on one hand, the Solar Federation was not terribly popular in Commonwealth territory, but on the other hand, Carmenta had an unsavory reputation as well. The Bacchan government was somewhat less impartial. The Republic of Bacchus made it clear from the start that they did not support Carmenta's violent rebellion, and openly denounced the actions of the rebel government. However, this may have been a political necessity, as suspicions and animosity were already strong in the Solar Federation regarding the source of the Carmentan rebels' armaments - it was quite likely that they had been smuggled through Bacchus in some form or another. Of course, China had little to say either way regarding the conflict.

    And as to the reaction of the Solar Federation itself, clearance was quickly given to send troops, ships, and lots of equipment to Carmenta to help the Americans suppress the rebel actions there. The Carmentan stigma skimmer was under rebel control, but the Bacchans allowed the Solar Federation to use theirs (for a small fee, of course), and by 2148, the Federation's counterattack against the rebels had begun.

    Carmentan space was taken back by the Federation so quickly that it couldn't really be called a battle. The rebel crews of the improvised corvettes were asked to surrender once, and when they refused, they were quickly destroyed from afar by the SolFed fleet's coilguns. The Carmentan skimmer was retaken shortly thereafter - though the occupying rebels refused to surrender the facility itself, it was retaken with minimal damage to the equipment.

    The fleet brought with it reinforcements - carriers loaded with soldiers, supplies, and variable fighters for close air support. With that aid, the Americans launched a large scale counterattack against rebel strongholds, and all but Jefferson City itself were retaken by 2149.

    Jefferson provided a dilemma, however. The city was one of Carmenta's major population centers, and its population was mostly pro-rebel. It would be a tough nut to crack with conventional assault, and any sort of artillery would cause widespread destruction and loss of life, as it would expose Jefferson's citizens to Carmenta's hostile conditions. The city was cut off from supplies by the American blockade, but it was self-sufficient enough to survive for a long time. Negotiations with the rebel leaders proved fruitless, and though even the rebels themselves were beginning to become demoralized by the siege, a solution was not in sight by the end of 2150.

    As to Bacchus, it managed to avoid getting embroiled in the Carmentan conflict. SolFed ambassadors let their displeasure be known regarding Bacchus's lax standards for importing and exporting weaponry, but Bacchan assurances that no more weapons would get into rebel hands were enough to avoid any major incidents. In any case, it became a non-issue once the Federation blockaded the rebels on Carmenta. Bacchan public opinion was somewhat more divided than the government's official line, but it was still broadly anti-rebel, even while resentment towards the Solar Federation existed.

    On an entirely different note, the most recent group of SolFed ecologists dispatched to Bacchus made their report in 2150 that the planet had passed Terra Approxima benchmark. This announcement was only a formality, as Bacchan air quality and biological health had been increasing for some time now, but it was still a good milestone. The triumph of human science over the bare inhospitability that Bacchus had once possessed was a point of pride for the European and Bacchan scientists that had worked on the terraforming process over the years. Mars was expected to reach this benchmark as well within a matter of years.

    Commonwealth Sphere

    The late 2140's were overall a somewhat difficult time for the Commonwealth. Space pirate activity had been increasing steadily over the past years, and while the Federation's advanced and growing fleet was a major deterrent to pirates, and the PRC's strict customs made it difficult for pirates to attack in the first place, Europe was left vulnerable to attack.

    However, there was more to it than that. The pirate attacks seemed to be organized by some outside force, ramping up when in 2146, two nuclear weapons (the first to be used by pirate forces so far) were detonated near the docked ships at Valhalla and at Soyuz, destroying Soyuz's only frigate and much of Valhalla's small navy. As if that were a signal, pirate attacks quickly escalated across Commonwealth space, must most notably in Valhalla and Soyuz. What information could be gathered about these pirates' motivations was inconclusive - implications ranged from Carmentan extremists to Olympian separatists, and Chinese subversives to just some unscrupulous company wanting to make some cash. The European Union, its Solar navy already practically a non-factor, dispatched more ships across the Commonwealth to deal with this new threat.

    Valhalla was the system with the highest pirate activity, and with its decimated navy and thriving trade, it must have appeared to be a ripe target in the months after the initial pirate attack. However, Valhalla was also one of the main centers of Commonwealth research, and the drones sold by the state corporation Euro Espace faced their first real test.

    The Valhallan drones had two major advantages over conventional patrol craft. Firstly, they could easily be packed aboard cargo ships along with the standard cargo. With this, every convoy could have a small escourt to fight off pirate attacks, or at least slow them down enough to buy time for reinforcements to arrive. Secondly, they were unmanned, so they could be sacrificed by the dozen without any moral qualms. This second point was not quite as good as it might seem, however; Euro Espace was already running with a very small profit margin, and it had to sell drones at a substantial loss in order to avoid having the Valhallan economy collapse entirely.

    In the end, though, the incident was a major triumph for the Valhallans. Though the pirate attacks started strong, and it seemed as though the navy would be completely overrun, the European reinforcements and drone assembly lines shored up Valhalla's defenses enough that the surge in piracy was over by the end of the decade. Valhalla was simply too tough a target to crack.

    Neighboring Olympia saw even less trouble from the surge. Olympia had lobbied hard over the past few years to have a larger defensive navy, and in the late 2140's, it paid off. The few pirate attacks the system faced were generally dealt with quickly and effectively, but the main reason the system fared so well was that its navy acted as a deterrent. This allowed Olympia to focus more on internal development even as the pirate attacks reached their peak elsewhere.

    Immigration and growth were greatly slowed immediately after the attacks on Valhalla and the unrest in the Infinitas system, but as both situations stabilized and reliable trade with Sol was reestablished, Olympia continued to thrive. As the success of the Valhallan drones became clear, Olympia devoted much of its industry towards producing reinforcements for the neighboring systems - it was still dwarfed by mainland Europe in its production, but the trip from factory to battlefield was much shorter for Olympian craft.

    The less populated systems of Aria, Carpathia, Lucenta, Avis, and Pirenia were too small to draw much pirate attention, though they too were hit somewhat by the surge in piracy. The persistently heavy subsidies to Lucenta, Avis, and Pirenia kept them growing despite the chaos, though there was resentment in the more heavily hit colonies about Europe's priorities not being straight. Carpathia and Aria also grew steadily, especially in the infrastructure required to keep supplies moving to the growing colony at Tyrelia.

    Distant Tyrelia itself also had a notable lack of pirate activity compared with the other Commonwealth systems. Much of this was simply due to the great distance that pirates would have to travel in order to establish themselves there, and the Carpathian and Arian customs officials were especially vigilant against attempts to smuggle weaponry further into Commonwealth space. So, Tyrelia was free to undergo its exponential growth without much pirate interference. The planet Aries was the most Earthlike in Commonwealth space, which had allowed both its population and its industry to grow quickly. The late 2140's saw further increases in both of these fields for Tyrelia, as well as a further increase in the size of its standing army, as a reaction to the pirate threat.

    The system hit hardest by pirate attacks was by far Soyuz. With the frigate Barcelona destroyed by the 2146 nuclear attack, only improvised defense from the colonists could be mustered to fight off pirate attacks, and that didn't last long. The reinforcements sent immediately from Sol were stranded two months into their stigma jump when Soyuz's stigma skimmer went dark. A set of disposable stigma drives had to be manufactured and sent from Sol for the reinforcements to finish their journey. By the time of their arrival, the situation in Soyuz had completely deteriorated.

    For one thing, the main settlement on the planet Logos was completely cut off from the smaller settlement on Soyuz's third planet. As a result, that other settlement was running low on food and other supplies, and was under martial law due to the frequent pirate attacks. Most of the pirates in the system, however, were focused on the more juicy target of Logos itself.

    Like most worlds with Terra Approxima status, the colony on Logos had grown out as much as it had grown up. With no need for pressurized environments, small settlements outside the major cities dotted the countryside wherever the conditions and resources were best, and it had simply been impossible to defend it all with Soyuz's limited military when the pirates could attack from space wherever they wanted. The year spent without control of local space for the colonists at Soyuz was a valuable lesson on the importance of the control of space in the 22nd century.

    As soon as they arrived, in late 2147, the European reinforcements set about rectifying the situation. A pitched space battle resulted - the pirates had brought enough firepower, outdated and varied as it was, to fight on the same level as the small portion of the Commonwealth's navy that was available. Still, the Europeans were successful in destroying or driving away all of the pirate ships around Logos, but not without taking some losses of their own. Most of the European ships were then sent to guard a much needed convoy from Logos to the smaller colony on Soyuz's third planet. A simmering struggle for control of the space around Logos continued through the 2140's.

    The pirates' resources and resourcefulness both seemed inexhaustible, and more surprises were to come. In 2149, a new pirate craft was seen, modelled after the stigma skipping mecha used by some of the other powers, apparently using material raided from Soyuz's destroyed stigma skimmer. This became an especially infamous threat - while the Commonwealth navy could whittle down most pirate forces at least as much as they themselves were whittled down, this craft was virtually impossible to pin down by conventional means. By 2150, there had been multiple incidents where it had simply popped into the middle of a European formation only to cause some havoc before disappearing again just as suddenly. Despite these difficulties, the Europeans began working closely with the citizens of Soyuz to construct a new stigma skimmer in orbit to allow for easier travel between Soyuz and Sol. It was not yet complete by 2150, interrupted by the constant pirate threat.

    The fighting on the ground before Logos's upper atmosphere was secured had been rough. When the defenders had been able to engage the raiders, losses had been heavy, and when they hadn't, the citizens had been at the mercy of the pirates. All told, the defenders and citizens of Soyuz saw thousands of casualties, several hundred of which were civilians simply missing and unaccounted for. However, even more than the pirate craft in space, the raiders caught on the ground when the reinforcements arrived were fighting a losing battle with nowhere to run. This made them desperate, too - the defenders of Soyuz had a guerilla war on their hands.

    The political ramifications of the Soyuz incident were significant. Obviously, the citizens and government of the Soyuz Union were irate about not having had more defenses when the attack started, but there was also some inevitable backbiting among the colonies about who had gotten how much support when it was most needed. The massive Solar Federation navy a short stigma jump away didn't escape the thoughts of the citizens of Soyuz, either - there were even some advocates of appealing to the Solar Federation to help the defense effort in the Soyuz Union. Frustratingly, the motivating force for the pirates also remained unclear, despite the many prisoners that were taken by the Soyuz defenders. Most by far were just doing it for the cash, and even the captured officers knew nothing more than that they were being supported by an outside force.

    Finally, the Commonwealth colony at Nu saw substantial pirate attacks shortly after the nuclear attacks at Valhalla and Soyuz, but these were significantly mitigated thanks to the growing Sonty garrison in the system - it was in the megacorporation's best interest to keep the shipping lanes in the system clear, of course. Events on the Commonwealth planet of Isis were mostly undisturbed by the turbulence elsewhere. The colony continued to receive generous subsidies and fared quite well compared to many of its sister colonies across European space.

    On the other side of the system, the Sonty colony on Ra was similarly prosperous. The colony's growth was slower than its Commonwealth neighbor's, but much of the growth it did experience was in the form of facilities and personnel transferred from Sol, sowing the seeds for Ra to replace Earth as Sonty's main base of operations. Some other minor corporations also moved facilities to Ra, to better conduct business with Sonty Corporation. The late 2140's also saw Sonty making overtures towards the local Chinese government of the much smaller colony on Nu's furthest planet, which Sonty had christened Bastet. The Chinese had refused all of Sonty's attempts to set up a facility on that planet as of 2150, citing their rights under the CAUST treaty.

    Chinese Sphere

    Across Chinese space, it was mostly business as usual in the late 2140's. Each of the major colonies conducted its business more or less untroubled by the turmoil elsewhere. Standing aside from the political troubles of the time, China was able to focus on sending supplies and colonists to its established colonies. The economy and infrastructure of mainland China were beginning to grow stagnant due to the great drain of maintaining the Chinese colonies' exponential growth rates, but regardless, the Communist Party's focus remained firmly outside Sol.

    Of all the extrasolar colonies founded by Earth's powers, Damen had the highest population density. Its importance to the Chinese colonization effort had led to a high growth rate despite the inhospitable environment, which resulted in a large population packed into a relatively small artificial habitat. In 2146, the colonial government set about reversing, or at least slowing this trend. Recognizing that such a high population would be neither sustainable nor particularly useful, it proceeded to enact more restrictive immigration criteria, and shuttling some of the extraneous population to the more colonist-hungry systems of Xiaoping and Tiantang. Damen retained a positive growth rate as of 2150, but it was much more moderate than it had been before the reforms were enacted.

    Damen also continued to develop as a center of Chinese military research. In 2149, a prototype stigma-skip-capable variable mecha was produced at a Damen facility, though any information more detailed than that was highly classified. Incrimental advancements in many military technologies continued to take place at Damen, to be used across Chinese space. By this point, many of China's finest minds resided in Damen's highly specialized, highly secure facilities.

    As the two Chinese colonies in the Xiaoping system developed, the differences between them became more pronounced. The larger colony on the habitable, aquatic world of Xu Fu was unable to compete with distant Tiantang in terms of habitability, but the system's greater proximity to Damen and Sol made Xu Fu a more convenient destination for commerce and transportation with the other colonies. Xu Fu gained a reputation as somewhat of a resort colony for those highest of Communist Party officials that could afford to travel from system to system on a regular basis.

    The other colony at Xiaoping, the frigid world of Enlai, was very different. Where Xu Fu had a traditional, if somewhat loose (by Chinese standards) government, Enlai was being structured essentially as a military state, with all the colony's functions geared towards Xiaoping's armed forces. If Damen was becoming the heart of China's colonial navy, then Enlai was becoming the heart of China's colonial army - Enlai-trained special forces were deployed across Chinese space as of 2150.

    One of China's newer colonies was the hot-yet-habitable world of 192-209D, which hadn't yet built enough infrastructure to compete with nearby Xiaoping, but still showed potential for the coming decades. In 2148, a Chinese stigma skimmer was completed in the neighboring system of 182-123, greatly shortening the distance that had to be travelled to reach 192-209, and paving the way for further growth there.

    Haiyaoliangge and 039-240, the colonies that led to Tiantang, flourished as Tiantang grew. Tiantang itself hadn't yet closed the population gap with Xiaoping as of 2150, but it was getting there. However, not all was completely in harmony there - the colonial government's attempts to liberalize the system's governmental and economic structure were met with some disapproval from distant Earth's Communist Party. The reforms were not completely ineffetive, but the increase in tension between the colonial and mainland Chinese governments wasn't inconsiderable either.
     
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    Federation Sphere

    The broad swath of colonies founded by ASTRIS continued to grow in size, while the Solar Federation flexed its industrial might with a new wave of fresh colonies. In absolute population gain, Zenit was fastest as always, threatening to overtake Infinitas as the greatest SolFed colony in the near future. Proportionally, though, the fresh Japanese colony of Yamato saw the greatest immigration, fueled by its industrially powerful and densely populated parent state.

    Growth elsewhere was considerable as well. With a greater proportion of high quality systems than the Commonwealth, and with much less pirate activity than the Commonwealth, the colonies of Federate space universally fared very well in the late 2140's. The various member states' colonies began to differentiate more noticeably as they adapted to their local environments and resources. Already, the framework was being set for the trade network that would sustain the populated systems across the ASTRIS sphere once they matured to the point of independence from their parent states.

    Only recently had the Solar Federation begun to sense any limit at all to its colonization, and even now, it was more political than economic. Many of the member states too small to have their own colonies, but collectively large enough to be significant in SolFed politics, had begun to voice their dissaproval of the Federation's very space-centric policy, wanting more funds to be kept on Earth instead of being routed to distant colonies.

    To placate this lobby, the Type II colony was devised. Most of the dissenting states were assigned a broad cultural group, and each one of these received a colony in the late 2140's. A broad group of South East Asian states founded the colony of Marga, formerly 059-340, in 2138. The Maghreb states founded the colony of Tamazgha, fomerly 042-372, also in 2138. In 2140, the remaining South American states colonized the system of Tepui, formerly 040-419, on the edge of Chinese territory. Finally, in the last days of 2140, a colony ship arrived to claim Unhu, formerly 043-572, for the other African states.

    Simultaneously, the Solar Federation embarked on another colonization project - the Type III colonies would have the most open immigration of all, allowing even citizens of other nations to settle, once the colony had reached the 10,000 SolFed citizens required for a claim under CAUST. Only one of these colonies was founded by a conventional colony ship - Tanis, formerly 196-329, in 2147. The others were merely unofficially claimed by the Solar Federation, and the colonization was handled mostly by bidding to private entities. By 2150, only some of these had reached the 10,000 SolFed citizens required for full open immigration, but already, many European citizens opted to move to these colonies, rather than risk the greater pirate activity of Commonwealth space. Some of these even went through the naturalization required to vote in the colonies' political matters. The other systems colonized under this strategy were Babylon (098-723), El Dorado (097-837), Memphis (270-172), Troy (190-420), Iram (179-336), Shambahla (150-131), Tikal (097-211), and Tartessos (083-562).

    Only two traditional, Type I colonizations happened in the latter half of the 2140's. At any other time, the second of these, the colonization of a system deep in Chinese space, Indonesian Merdeka (formerly 038-506), would have been a major event. However, that colony ship arrived in 2148, and at that point, all eyes were on the American colony of Liberty (formerly 181-451), which had been founded a year earlier.

    There were several factors that made Liberty unique. Its Terra Aequa quality was a big deal, as was the fact that it was the US's first colony since Carmenta. The reason that the colony caught the public's full attention, though, was the native life - while Zenit, Tiantang, Tyrelia, and Yamato all had highly complex fauna, Liberty's was the first to have civilization, and therefore, sapience.

    Further details about these indigenous creatures will be put in the stats, but for the purposes of this update, it suffices to say that they pose no immediate impediment to human colonization. The continent where the Americans made their landing was only sparcely populated by the creatures, with scattered tribes dotting the landscape. The other major continent's population had not achieved anything beyond a rough equivalent of the human iron age, as determined by flyovers by American UAVs shortly after landing.

    The American colonists quickly set about making their city as unintrusive as possible, managing to avoid virtually all contact with the local sapients. Back on Earth, a debate raged among the politicians and scientists of Sol on how best to deal with the issue - there were some who wanted to vacate the planet entirely, and many more who pushed for benevolent intervension. While they bickered, the colony grew - slowly, though, to accomodate the zero-contact policy that was in effect. All were aware that this was only a temporary measure, however - if humans were to remain at Liberty, they would need to pick a stance on dealing with the locals.

    All told, the Solar Federation doubled its colonization footprint in the latter half of the 2140's. Its member states' thirsts for colonization had mostly been sated, one way or another, and it seemed poised for a period of consolidation. On the military front, the growth was just as spectacular - several new lines of warship had been designed and were just now reaching the assembly lines. The new superpower was coming into its own.

    ---

    Eh, I guess it turned out pretty good. I feel like I didn't spend enough time on the more peaceful sections, but hopefully the stats will make up for that. Also, apologies for the cop-out regarding the Liberty system's indigenous sapients, but more detail on them will also be in the stats.

    I feel more enthusiastic about this NES since this most recent break. About 80% of this update was written over the past two weeks, and I expect this to be one of the longer ones, in its size, due to all the interesting stuff happening. If updates take two weeks to write, stats take one week to update, and players are given one week to submit orders, I feel like an update-per-month schedule is doable. I'm well aware that if they come any more slowly than that, this NES can't last.

    I'll begin updating stats shortly. An order deadline will be announced once they're done.

    (Posts shuffled to avoid an update split across two pages.)
     
  3. Symphony D.

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    In return for a promise of general amnesty to the rebellion's leadership, we are willing to surrender to Federation forces.

    Additionally, we take offense to the Federation plan of forced deportation. Carmenta is our only home, and despite our opposition to the American and SolFed occupation, we have no desire to leave it.
     
  5. The13thRonin

    The13thRonin Handsome Rogue

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    The Colonial Government of Victoria would like it to be made known that following the last general release statement from the Solar Federation that the terms of the Solar Federation's 'ultimatum' to the Carmenta rebels are unacceptable in accordance to universal implied galactic rights.

    The Colonial Government of Victoria interprets the action of disarming tens of thousands of civilians and then placing them in unprotected space where they are exposed to dangers such as starvation and space pirate raids as nothing if not genocide. The Colonial Government of Victoria suggests instead that our system is more than willing to house these desperate and downtrodden peoples providing for them a new life.
     
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  7. The13thRonin

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    The Colonial Government of Victoria wishes to negotiate the fate all members of the illegal insurgent entity not in upper command echelons. We are discontent with the current arrangement and would like to see the rebels be exiled to our planet where we would integrate them rather than cast them out into certain death. Such wanton waste of human life is a far greater crime than mere rebellion. A society should be judged on the actions of its leaders and not of it's rebels. So let us demonstrate benevolence and compassion.
     
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    Adrogans Quiet Laughter...

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    We are willing to provide medical help for any and all Infinitas civilians as needed. Again we state any civilians wishing to escape from the conflict will be allowed to come to Bacchus. Any rebels trying to take advantage of this will be turned over to the Solar Federation.

    President Isabella Soto
     
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  11. The13thRonin

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    Again and again the top ranking members of the so called 'Solar Federation' prove themselves despots, utilizing barbaric tendencies to thwart peace and freedom across the entire universe.

    The Carmentan dissenters have caused great bloodshed to befall their people. Their actions were desperate and rash but also understandable. The insurmountable oppression brought down upon their people was so suffocating that an eventual blow-out was inevitable.

    Let it be known that Victoria will stand behind the insurgents not in upper command echelons and if the 'Solar Federation' deems it a justified end to throw tens of thousands of lives into deep space and certain doom that Victoria would rather burn than see it carried out. And Victoria asks that all good, democratic people of the universe learn from the mistakes of our forefathers and are moved to action to stop despotic genocide before it can take root.

    And let it be known that in response to Arthur Forbes' statements inquiring as to the authority of my command and the command of the people of Victoria who I represent the valiant, freedom loving and democratic colonists of this settlement have only one simple answer: *The answer is heard through the cheering of the Victorian colonists* F*** YOU!
     
  12. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    Before I post my two rather large images... how exactly do I thumbnail stuff?
     
  13. Adrogans

    Adrogans Quiet Laughter...

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    OOC: wow did the SolFed put idiots for leaders of tiny colonies?
     
  14. The13thRonin

    The13thRonin Handsome Rogue

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    OOC: Wow... Does someone have anything better to do than comment on the competence of people running fictional countries/nations/colonies out of character?
     
  15. Adrogans

    Adrogans Quiet Laughter...

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    OOC: Yes, but its quick and it seems to be a theme lately.
     
  16. The13thRonin

    The13thRonin Handsome Rogue

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    OOC: I thought of a witty reply but I decided to toss it and just let you know that we're all just guys trying to have a little fun here... Lets be cool...
     
  17. Adrogans

    Adrogans Quiet Laughter...

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    OOC: I wasn't being mean, I imagine you are playing in character - hence the SolFed putting an idiot in control.

    From: Republic of Bacchus
    To: Solar Federation


    We hope for a quick resolution so that peace may be restored in Infinitas.

    To: Commonwealth

    We are available to assist in any Anti-Pirate activity you may require.

    @Chand - whenever you get the chance are you going to send out PM's regarding status of projects that nations are pursuing?
     
  18. The13thRonin

    The13thRonin Handsome Rogue

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    OOC: Isn't the whole idea of SolFed kind of a joke? You can't really have a federation of the unwilling... I think a great majority of nations that are in SolFed are just in it because they're scared of the repercussions of not being in it. Sort of 1984 style governance. I'm sure Symphony D. would disagree but each to his own. I'm strictly (apart from this post) keeping all my disagreement in-game. I'm still sort of waiting around to see if I want to continue my participation or move on to other NES'. No offense to Chand who's done a great job.
     
  19. Adrogans

    Adrogans Quiet Laughter...

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    OOC: No actually most of them are in it willingly, they wanted the benefits of a combined research pool and ability for smaller nations to get colonies outside of Sol. Not to mention the Military advantage. I imagine it more like being a UN with teeth.
     
  20. das

    das Regeneration In Process

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    More like an EU with teeth. The small get to leech off the big, so ofcourse they're willing; this goes or should go twice for the colonies; so yes, this is sort of counter to all your interests, just like Thlayli's rebellion was quite demonstrably counter to the interests of Carmenta.

    I think a lot depends on the definition of
    . Does it, say, include all the public workers (especially policemen) that didn't go on a strike when the rebellion begun (as per Soviet wartime collaborator criteria)? Or does it only really extend to members of the "Carmentan resistance" and those directly involved in attacks on SolFed forces?

    Though, it seems to be a moot point anyway if you are probably going to end up merely suspending the citizenships of most of those people, unlikely as they are to actually try and set up their own colony.

    And it's nice to see someone actually updating in these here NESing forums, for once. :p
     

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